Solved: VOIP Problem on Windows 10

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I have three phone numbers but no phone bills. Two are on my smartphone and one on desktop — all of which I operate with no carriers. That’s right, no monthly cellphone or landline bills. It’s not a system for the faint of heart as this recently-solved problem illustrates. Continue reading “Solved: VOIP Problem on Windows 10”

How To Quit Your Cellular Carrier and Stay Connected

Use these tips to turn an inactive smartphone into a useful device - at no cost.

You might be surprised to know that smartphones do not require a cellular plan or a data plan to make calls or surf the ‘net. The setup I describe in this article isn’t suitable for everyone, but with telecom bills rising at three times the inflation rate, there’s no way I could hold back from sharing my experience.

Each of the suggestions that follow can be implemented on their own to save you a few bucks — or put them all together like I did and pocket 100% of what you’re currently paying your cell carrier in monthly charges. Continue reading “How To Quit Your Cellular Carrier and Stay Connected”

How To Solve a Sluggish Moto G or Moto X After Lollipop Update

Some smartphones slow down after the Android Lollipop update.

I love getting system updates from Motorola, but I wasn’t happy when the upgrade to Android Lollipop 5.0 slowed my usually zippy Moto G to a snail’s pace. I found the solution on allaboutmotog.com. Hat tip to Graham Thomas for pointing it out in the forum.

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Play Young to Stay Young

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Photo of juggling balls. Caption: When was the last time you played like a kid?Playing like a kid can save your life. Does that sound too dramatic? Consider this: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). In 2000, 46% of fatal falls among older adults were due to TBI. And what’s the leading cause of falls among older folks? Loss of balance and coordination.

Last week, I saw an elderly woman fall after tripping on a sidewalk seam. Luckily she didn’t get hurt but she was completely unable to get back up by herself. Continue reading “Play Young to Stay Young”

A Christmas Tradition That Helps You Win All Year

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Hubby and I have an unconventional holiday tradition. Instead of exchanging gifts, we talk about the memorable events and milestones from the past year and the things we want to make happen in the new year.

Inevitably, work and career goals wend their way into the conversation — Continue reading “A Christmas Tradition That Helps You Win All Year”

Startup Canada Awards in Vancouver

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If you love to surround yourself with people who are passionate about building new businesses and creating better workplaces, you should look up Startup Canada. This volunteer-driven organization aims to make Canada “the best place in the world to start and grow a business.”

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I had the pleasure of attending the British Columbia Startup Canada Awards and Fireside Chats held at HootSuite’s head office in Vancouver.  In the photo above are some of the great folks who are responsible for making this event happen. The winners come from a variety of backgrounds and Continue reading “Startup Canada Awards in Vancouver”

Business Lessons Learned From A Humiliating Day At The Beach

OMG Icon with red cheeks-embarrassedA few years ago, while vacationing on Cape Cod, I decided it was time to conquer my fear of water and try surfing. It was a beautiful clear day which allowed us to enjoy an uninterrupted view of nothing but sea with a few large boats in the distance. The waves were high enough that only about a dozen people were in the water despite the July heat. Thinking that bravery was all I needed to overcome my water demons–and ignoring the size of the waves–was my first error. Continue reading “Business Lessons Learned From A Humiliating Day At The Beach”